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Shell Pearls are manmade pearl beads manufactured from the actual shell a pearl grows in. Made from oyster shells, these shell pearls look similar to coated glass pearls. Shell pearls are created by using the shell as a base, which is then coated and polished in the shape of the final bead. Then mother of pearl may be added to increase durability. The materials used are actually the same materials that make cultured pearls. Shell pearls are a more affordable alternative to natural pearls and they have a regular shape and finish. Jewellery designers often choose them because they can make affordable designs that are also more durable than natural pearl designs. This is because the shell pearl has more protection against things that cause everyday wear and tear like perfume, sweat and detergents.

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